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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Attn all comcast subscribers
From: "Dave" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2006 21:14:41 -0400
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To make things even more confusing, Earthlink is having email problems too.
I also use Comcast as a pipe, but my web site and email accounts are hosted
by Earthlink. Starting mid-August, a small fraction of the email sent to my
email address generated a "user unknown" response from Earthlink's email
servers. Hard bounces from Yahoo groups were my first clue, but eventually a
message I had copied to myself came back with this error. Earthlink support
personnel say they are aware of the problem and are working on resolving it;
they attribute it to changes in their spam-prevention software.

On the next hard bounce, I'm posting a note on ...


        Dave, AA6YQ

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rick Karlquist
Sent: Sunday, September 03, 2006 20:45 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Attn all comcast subscribers wrote:
> Howdy --
>     Apparently comcast had some sort of stomach flu or  something 
> because it

I am a Comcast subscriber, but:

Comcast is very good at providing a very high speed pipe to
the internet (6 Mb/s with my cable modem).  I use them for
what they are good at, especially since I am too far from the CO for DSL.

What Comcast is NOT good at is email.  I do NOT use Comcast as my mailman.
I use another ISP ( to handle my mail, and host my web sites. 
If you don't have web sites, you can get basic service from Sonic for $10 or
$15 a month.  Sonic has various programmable Spam filters that you can turn
on and off, whitelist, etc.  You can get a daily Spam report to see if any
stuff you wanted got busted, and it can be recovered if necessary.  You can
get your own domain name to avoid the embarassment of having an email
address of the form

There are many other ISP's like Sonic.  Check around.

One more thing:  another dumb thing Comcast does is block the default port
used to send mail via your other ISP.  You need to select an alternate port.
Make sure your ISP supports this.

Life is too short for Comcast.

Rick N6RK


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